Nengajo 2016 Exhibition

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

Welcome the Year of the Monkey with nengajo from around the world!

Held from November 16th through December 14th, the contest attracted a record-breaking 214 nengajo submissions from participants around the world. The annual nengajo contest was established in 2010 as a way to spread the Japanese tradition of New Year's cards to the English-speaking world. Over the years, we have received hundreds of stunning submissions, bringing the joy of this traditional Japanese greeting card to those around the world and warming the hearts of many.

As part of our sixth annual Nengajo New Year's Card contest, all nengajo submissions, including the winning designs, will be exhibited at the JICC from January 3 to January 29, 2016. This year we received nengajo from all over the world, from the DC metro area to California to Thailand to South Korea. Because 2016 is the year of the monkey in the Zodiac animal calendar, all who submitted to the contest included either a monkey and the kanji for monkey in their designs.

Guests are also welcome to make their own nengajo after viewing the exhibit!

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